BRoP: Tell us about your route to success – how/when did you decide to self-publish? Did you query an agent first? How did you handle the editing, proofreading, cover design, etc.
HG: I decided to self-publish in January of 2012. I queried two earlier drafts of the manuscript. Both were rejected. I had originally planned to query the published version, but in December 2011 I got an older version of the iPhone for a great price. I randomly checked out Twitter. The story of Amanda Hocking was exploding. I started following folks who were discussing indie publishing. The changes in the industry were becoming seismic. Technology was creating a unique opportunity--in history--for dedicated writers.
I wanted to jump in the sandbox and play.
I stopped researching agents.
Some of my writing partners had already self-published. I asked them many questions, which they patiently and generously answered. I began writing more and with more enthusiasm than ever.
Then I began researching editors and illustrators.
BRoP: What are the most important elements of good writing?
HG: I think structure comes first. If there is not a structure to the story, it’s hard for the reader to engage. After that I love both plot and character. The best books have fascinating characters that do something.
BRoP: What tools are must-haves for writers?
HG: The truth is: If you want to start writing, you don’t need much. A pen and pad of paper or computer with some word processing software on it will do. If you’re really old school, you might want to have one of those typewriter-things.
BRoP: What do you feel is the key to your success?
HG: Stubbornness. Persistence. Faith. Passion. A love of story. The people who put up with me.
BRoP: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
HG: I really want to hear from you.
BRoP: What are your current / future project(s)?
HG: I am currently writing THE FLOWER OF ISBELLINE, Book Two in THE QUEEN OF THE REALM OF FAERIE series. I will complete the series, which I anticipate being between 5 to 7 books, before I schedule any definite future projects.
BRoP: Is there anything else you’d like to share?
HG: We are living in amazing times. Engage. Participate. Enjoy.
Facebook page: Coming Soon
Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/Heidi_g
Barnes and Nobles: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/nandanas-mark-heidi-garrett/1112474235?ean=2940014866026
Apple: Search the iTunes store
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